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Annual Meeting Halloween Highlight
Attendees of the Round Table Program on Oct. 31 were invited to wear costumes
and quite a few did, adding to the camaraderie and fun.
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91st Annual Meeting Oct. 24-29, 2015,
Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel, Indian Wells, California
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New Rules Give Hope to People Waiting for Donated Kidneys
Now the healthiest of the kidneys will be offered first to patients whom doctors expect will survive the transplant the longest. The viability of transplant is determined by the age of the kidney and the kidney donor's medical history. Other revisions include a shift that helps people who are tough to match because they have higher levels of antibodies that make them not the best candidate for transplantation. They move up on the waiting list.
Robotic Prostate Surgery Offers Good Long-Term Results
Renal and Urology News
Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) confers excellent long-term biochemical control of prostate cancer (PCa), according to a study of what researchers believe is the largest series to date to look at oncologic outcomes after RARP. The study, by investigators at the Henry Ford Health System's Vattikuti Urology Institute in Detroit, included 4,803 of 5,152 patients who underwent RARP at the institute from 2001 to 2010. After a median follow-up of 26.4 months, biochemical recurrence (BCR) occurred in 470 patients (9.8 percent) and metastatic disease developed in 31 patients (0.7 percent); 13 patients died from prostate cancer (0.3 percent).
This #GivingTuesday, Let's Help MedShare Ship a Container from the Western Section AUA! Urologists Can Donate Unused Medical Supplies Via MedShare (A Redistribution Service)
According to the 2006 Alameda County Recycling Plan, hospitals are the 4th largest producers of solid waste. At the same time, safety net clinics and remote clinics here and abroad are struggling to offer services for lack of medical supplies. Due to legal restrictions and other reasons, U.S. hospitals discard 5,000 tons of useful medical supplies every day.
Since 1998, MedShare has been the bridge between surplus and need to improve healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, manufacturers and distributors. MedShare, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, offers healthcare organizations a unique opportunity to divert this surplus from landfills and make it available to local community health clinics and hospitals in the developing world.
MedShare's Container Program delivers containers with medical supplies and equipment to the developing world. Last year, MedShare shipped 128 containers to recipients in 28 different countries and equipped 107 safety net clinics. In the Western region alone, MedShare equipped 295 medical mission teams and diverted 292 tons of medical surplus from Bay Area landfills. Watch how it’s done (put link in your browser): http://youtu.be/XEQBn53LYKk
Two Western Section urologists, Linda Shortliffe and Eric Engelman are members of MedShare’s Western Regional Council. We hope that Western Section urologists will join us in making a difference in our West and the world, and consider supporting Medshare to fund shipping a container of our medical surplus supplies to places of medical need.
The Power of One the Impact of Many. Follow us on Twitter #givingTuesday @MedShare, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
MedShare is recipient of Charity Navigator's top 4 star rating for 8 consecutive years, 2012 Acterra Environmental Innovation Award, Google’s 2014 Bay Area Impact Challenge Award, and the 2014 Volunteer Choice Award.
Survey: Independent Physicians Feel Compelled to Sell Practices
ACS Surgery News
Almost half of independent physicians expect to sell their practices within the next 10 years, though almost three-quarters would rather not do so, according to a new survey. Many think the trend of independent doctors moving into big health systems will reverse at some point, but financial realities and a changing policy landscape are at least momentarily endangering physicians outside of bigger systems and facilities.
IBM Picks 3 Apps to Tap Into the Power of Watson
Earlier in 2014, IBM put out the call for developers to come up with the best way to use Watson's talents within mobile apps, and now the winners have been selected. The winning submissions include apps focused on health, children's interaction with tech, and improving the retail experience, IBM's senior vice president, Mike Rhodin.
Groups Continue to Push for 2 Year Delay in ICD-10
Could another ICD-10 delay pass Congress as early as next week? That's one of the scenarios outlined in an article at the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association.
The article's authors say a delay could be attached in an amendment to a $157 billion fiscal 2015 spending bill for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services that expires on Dec. 11. It's considered a must-pass bill, but one that has languished since summer due to partisan objections.
Medicare Spending Cuts on Erection Aids Would Save $444 Million
Congress is poised to prohibit Medicare from spending an estimated $444 million for vacuum pumps used to treat erectile dysfunction in the next decade, a cost-saving move that may frustrate people who can’t afford drugs such as Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra. Medicare’s prescription-drug benefit, created in 2003, generally isn’t permitted to cover Viagra or other erectile-dysfunction medicines. A bill under consideration by Congress would put a similar ban on the pump devices some people use as an alternative. The spending estimate was published yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office.
Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians 'Completely Random'
Hospital marketing departments and physicians practices like to see their doctors get positive reviews on consumer websites, and online ratings are popular with consumers. One-third of consumers in the United States who consulted physician website ratings reported selecting or avoiding physicians based on those ratings.
Two UC Medical Centers Dropping Medi-Cal Managed Care Contract
Health Net and two University of California medical centers agreed to sever ties on a Medi-Cal managed care contract. As of Jan. 1, that means roughly 4,300 patients will need to find new providers.
According to Health Net, letters announcing the change have been mailed to patients and they should be receiving the notices now.
The negated contract affects about 3,700 patients in Sacramento County and an additional 600 in San Diego County, according to Health Net officials.
Primary Care Medi-Cal Providers About to be Hit by Double Rate-Cut Whammy
Primary care providers on Jan. 1 will have their Medi-Cal reimbursement rates lowered — twice on the same day.
A two-year Medicaid federal rate increase for primary care providers is due to expire on the first day of 2015. On the same day the California Department of Health Care Services plans to implement its state-ordered 10 percent reduction in reimbursement rates for fee-for-service Medi-Cal primary care providers.
Rates of Prostate Cancer Screening Vary Across California
In California, rates of prostate cancer screening varied from 9 percent in Napa to 47.2 percent in Orange County.
Often, higher rates of screening did not correlate with higher incidence of prostate cancer, according to the report.
For example, in San Francisco – where the incidence of prostate cancer is 10.5 cases per 1,000 male Medicare beneficiaries – the screening rate was 17.7 percent. In comparison, the screening rate was 34.8 percent in Fresno, where there were 3.3 cases per 1,000 male beneficiaries.
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